Catholic theme for Met’s major exhibition

The show will include more than 50 garments from the Vatican (Met/Katerina Jebb)

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced a Catholic theme for its 2018 major exhibition, Crux reports.

The Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination showcase will include more than 50 garments on loan from the Vatican, along with pieces from the Met’s own collection, and will be sponsored by Versace.

Andrew Bolton, the institute’s curator, told The New York Times “the focus is on a shared hypothesis about what we call the Catholic imagination and the way it has engaged artists and designers and shaped their approach to creativity, as opposed to any kind of theology or sociology."

“Beauty has often been a bridge between believers and unbelievers,” he added.

Mr Bolton said the exhibition was not intended to cause controversy and that the institute had consulted with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on some of its selections.

The Met’s Costume Institute  reopened in 2014 after a two-year renovation. The redesigned space was named in honour of Anna Wintour, the long-time editor of Vogue magazine and the co-chair of the famed Met Ball, which takes place each May. The museum’s curator noted that Cardinal Dolan would be invited to the exhibit’s opening and his presence would be a welcome one.

“The Roman Catholic Church has been producing and promoting beautiful works of art for centuries,” Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See press office, told The New York Times. “Most people have experienced that through religious paintings and architecture. This is another way of sharing some of that beauty that rarely gets seen.”

In 2015, Pope Francis was asked in an interview why he would not sell the Church’s art in order to meet the needs of the world’s poor. “This is an easy question. They are not the treasures of the Church, (but) the treasures of humanity,” he said.

The upcoming costume exhibition will open just a few months after the Met’s major fall art show, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, turning their season into double billing of Catholic-inspired art.

FULL STORY

Major Costume Exhibit at Met Museum to Feature Vatican Art (Crux)

RELATED COVERAGE

The Costume Institute Takes On Catholicism (New York Times)

Amal Clooney, Rihanna to host Catholic-themed 2018 Met Gala (Sydney Morning Herald)

Next year’s Met Gala is Catholic-themed. What could go wrong? (America Magazine)

Mass on Demand

home-video-thumbnail

From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

home-video-thumbnail-nobttn

Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

more

Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

view